BAILIFFS carrying out house repossessions in west Dublin were shocked to discover a massive drugs operation.
During an eviction in Liffey Valley earlier this year, bailiffs uncovered massive quantities of cannabis plants in one house, along with infrared lamps.
Dublin County Sherrif John Fitzpatrick said this was the first time his bailiffs ever came across an incident of this kind.
He told the Herald: "We got an eviction in west Dublin for a bank. The guys went out and there was no answer so they forced in the door.
"The house was full of cannabis plants with infrared lamps. The bailiff thought it was strange. It's the first time we've ever come across something like that."
The find led to a massive drugs haul by gardai and it is understood that the bank are helping gardai to locate the former owners of the house.
Mr Fitzpatrick said it is now typical for homes to be emptied by the time bailiffs arrive, because families have long given up on mortgage payments.
Meanwhile, Ireland's illegal drug trade was dealt a major blow after gardai and customs made seizures worth over €2.5m at the end of last month.
A 33 year-old Lithuanian man was questioned after a consignment of cannabis worth €1.7m was discovered in a truck at Dublin Port.
And in a separate operation, the Garda National Drugs Unit seized drugs worth €850,000 at a house in Ashbourne, Co Meath.
The first seizure was made after gardai stopped a lorry on the M9 in Co Kildare. The vehicle was brought to Dublin Port where customs officials used sniffer dogs to find the cannabis concealed in 20 pallets of tiles.
In a statement, Customs said 270kg of cannabis resin and seven kilos of herbal cannabis were found. The estimated street value was €1.7m, subject to analysis. It said the drugs were hidden in a consignment of tiles that arrived in Dublin from Spain.
The seizure was a result of a joint operation between the Garda and Customs.
Gardai believe the seizure -- the second biggest cannabis haul in the past two years -- is linked to a south Dublin gang.